Tag Archives: 2012


3 Nov

Our Halloween this year was both excellent and a bit anti-climatic.

We weren’t sure if Nova would have an understanding of what was happening just yet, seeing as how she is only 16 months old (which is not quite, as my pregnant brain convinced itself, a year and a half). Sure enough, she had no interest in ACTUALLY trick or treating and just wanted to run around and people watch. She was still pretty entertaining. On the weekend we went to a children’s Halloween Party hosted by a friend and it was really fun watching her interact with all of the other costumed cuties, although it usually takes her a while to warm up. She was especially enamored with R2D2 but he was a bit of a flirt so I cautioned her to take it slow. 😉

Credit for this photo is not at all mine.

This year we dressed her up as a Fairy (Dad’s choice) and she was pretty spectacularly cute, but then, aren’t they all?

On actual Halloween, which fell on a Wednesday, the weather was pretty despicable so we decided to go to the mall nearby since we didn’t think she’d have much of a shelf life anyway, and if we’re just going to be watching her have fun we might as well be dry. Her Auntie Janet came along which was super fun and we hit up all of the stores that were handing out candy, which was a VERY disappointingly small number! My own workplace in the very same mall didn’t even have some goodies to give out! For shame. Still…she went away with enough for a person of her size to last her probably until Christmas, which is about 5-10 various types of treats. Ha. I think Dad was the most disappointed as he’d hoped to cash in on her chocolate haul. Ha. Fortunately, the day before a package arrived for us from my sister and there were a few goodies in there JUST for us. It’s probably for the best that we didn’t end up with a thousand chocolate bars because I’d be hiding them from my sweet toothed husband until the end of time. There’s a reason he never has cavities, and it’s name is “Hiding Spots”.

There were too few stores displaying this sign!

Nova’s first time on the escalator reminded me a lot of Buddy the Elf!

Trick or Treating!

Lucy from Peanuts and our little Fairy. 🙂

What we’re up to in January!

4 Jan

Christmas 2011 was amazing for the Boden family. We spent it with friends and family and Santa was very good to Nova for her first Christmas.

She did really well! She even grasped the concept of ripping the paper off of the gifts. We all thought she would be mostly interested in the wrapping or the boxes but she went right for the toys inside. Haha. She’s figured this Christmas thing out folks.

She got a little overwhelmed Christmas morning so we put her down for a nap after she opened a couple of gifts and then had “Adult” Christmas. Once she woke up she opened a few more and much later opened the rest. In the end, everything was opened and she has a full toybox to show for it, along with some practicals and some “save for later” items that I’m very excited about.

New Years came and went and there are a few things in the works in our house for 2012!

1. We are getting better and better at experimenting with different solid foods and textures! So far her favorites are peas, sweet potatoes and home-made oatmeal. She very strongly dislikes eggplant and isn’t very keen on carrots although she’ll eat about half of what she should. Ha. We’re doing our best to stay on top of making all of her food ourselves and it’s been really fun, challenging, and also extremely rewarding! The learning process is a highlight for me since I get very excited at the prospect of researching anything and it’s awesome seeing what she takes to and what she doesn’t. If you have any home-made food tips or questions I’d love to swap!

2. We are, as usual, gearing up for another big move in March although (and I say this every time) this will hopefully be the last one for quite some time. Things that are different this time around? We will be closer to Cale’s work (and possibly mine if I get a position I’ve been eyeballing for the past couple of months), no room-mates (which is a bit bittersweet), and we’re hoping to move into the East Vancouver area where 80% of the people I know in the lower mainland live! While I will miss the people we live close to now we know this is a much better idea (and money saver) for us.

3. We have a few resolutions we are working on! Things like, more time for Mom and Dad, less lazy time in front of the television (after baby is asleep), a more organized household, more home cooked meals, and Mom is making a private resolution to change her clothing habits. It’s time to invest in clothing that fits well but isn’t exercise pants and tank tops. I feel like this can only be a self esteem booster.Hopefully with the help of things like Cozi, Flylady, and Apps for Moms getting organized and simplifying our life will be easier than ever in 2012.

4. Shameless plug: Cale and his bro (Uncle Jerred) have their own contracting company under works. If you need any renovations or work done please give these guys a go! They’re very talente handy-men and between the two of them can do everything but electrical and plumbing. Check them out.

2B Constructed

There are also a few things on the go as far as making Nova’s baby food is going. Since all the food we use is organic and locally grown I felt like it would be a good idea to share all of the knowledge I’m accumulating in one easy to access place so check out my food blog. It’s under construction at the moment but will be up and running in no time.

12 Mile Organics

5. Nova’s baptism is this weekend! I was baptized and raised Lutheran and we live very close to my home church so after a lot of discussion we decided that we wanted to go ahead and have Nova baptized as well. We chose her Auntie Chantelle and Uncle Jerred as the godparents and know that they will do a great job mentoring her and loving her as she grows up.

6. You’ll be able to watch the goings on in our lives soon enough once we figure out our brand spanking new Canon Vixia camcorder!!!

After much deliberation we choose this camera, which was a very generous gift from my Dad, to record all of our family’s milestones. Let’s face it, it will be a lot of video of Nova. Nova laughing, crawling, walking, talking, and just generally being a little cutie. I’m very excited to start using it! I’m ALSO very excited about the HD and dual SD card capabilities! Whoo hoo!

We are so grateful to everyone who has been supportive of our family and continues to love us over the years. It’s so difficult to SHOW such immense appreciation for all of you but hopefully my constant bringing it up will be a good start. Thanks for an amazing 2011!!!

Photo by Tamara Lakeman Photography